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'Non-technical skills for surgeons: a hard time for soft skills'


George YoungsonGeorge Youngson graduated in medicine from Aberdeen University in 1973; he was appointed a Consultant General Surgeon in 1984 and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in 1988.  He was awarded a personal chair in paediatric surgery by Aberdeen University in 1999 and appointed as Emeritus Professor in February 2010. He was made CBE in June 2009 for services to Child Health in Scotland.

He was Vice President and Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and lead in professional activities with responsibilities in revalidation, patient safety, surgical standards and surgical education.  He is co-convener of the colleges’ Safer Operative Surgery Course and Non Technical Skills (NoTSS) Master Classes

As past chairman of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination Board in Paediatric Surgery and member of SACs in General Surgery and Paediatric Surgery, his major interests are in surgical education, research into human factors related to surgical performance, and service configuration for children's specialist care.

He has been a member of The ARCHIE Foundation since its inception and was part of the working group that started the charity. In the 1990s he was involved in the planning of the current Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and has been consistently involved in the charity in all its different affiliations. He is co-chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee and was a founding member of the Raigmore project.


The lecture will be chaired by Professor Freddie Hamdy, Head of Department at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. 

All members of the University and NHS clinical staff are welcome.